Did She Kill Him? Florence Maybrick, Addiction, Adultery & Arsenic in Victorian Liverpool
Pretty American Florence Maybrick was arrested in 1889 for the murder of her much older, arsenic-addicted, Liverpool cotton broker husband James. Was she victim or aggressor; Was she tried for immorality? Kate Colquhoun re-examines the case dubbed by many 'the greatest miscarriage of English justice' and asks what light it sheds on late Victorian society.
This illustrated talk will take place in the Rex Makin Lecture Theatre housed in the County Sessions House, which is next door to the Walker Art Gallery. It was at the County Sessions House that Florence Maybrick took her Magisterial Hearing before being tried in St Georges Hall.